Every morning, I start my day with a cup of hot water, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. What? You don't?...really?...um...moving on...
Now, I don't always remember to pick up lemons from the store and bottled lemon juice is okay, but I'm not sure if all the health benefits are there.
In my first Azure Standard order, I got 10 lbs. of organic lemons and I knew I wasn't get through them as fast as they needed to be dealt with. I made lemon curd and preserved lemons but I had seen a post on Food in Jars (if you like canning, check out her site; it's fantastic) about dehydrating lemons.
Dehydrated lemons seemed like the perfect way to preserve the lemons for my morning concoction as well as other culinary pursuits. They could be used in drinks or could be blitzed in the food processor to make lemon powder. Lemon powder could then be used in homemade lemon pepper, to flavor whipped cream, or put in salad dressings or marinades.
Lemons (preferably organic and unwaxed)
Wash the lemons well. Slice off the ends and put them in the compost pile.
Slice the lemons about 1/4" thick and place them on the racks of the dehydrator. I was borrowing a dehydrator that only had an on/off switch so I have no idea what temperature to give you. I will tell you that I left the machine on for nearly 2 days to make sure all of the moisture was gone.
That's it. Super simple. And now, I have plenty of lemon slices for my morning beverage.
This is part of Full Plate Thursday.